Metropolis - A Distaste For Human Robots - An Ambition For Robots And AI
I've reposted this article due to its importance in society, both years ago and currently.
Patterns in one's own life stagnate the challenges and growth of our consciousness.
The more that we become routine, the less that we are likely to emerge with ingenuity. After all, patterns are a predefined recipe or roadmap flexible enough for many different applications. In fact, intelligence could be stated to be the ability to discern where the application of a pattern or collection of patterns suit the solution to a given situation that requires some form of resolve with the least amount of energy expended.
|The Red Green Algorithm|
This form of predictability has even become a form of individual identity amongst the human population to the extent that if we behave in an unpredictable way according to some, we are no longer ourselves but in fact, someone else or even something else. Consider the implications of the social pressures pushing us to think on those terms and consider that pressure to be a form of social contract forced upon us that reduces our ingenuity by reducing our identity and individuality down to a set of predictable patterns. Like knowing our individual identity through the shadow cast by our consciousness that emerges when examining the patterns of our behaviour. This is what I regard as being the robot syndrome. An effort to reduce us as distinct individuals down to an identity derived from the patterns of our behaviours.
|NASA's Valkyrie Robot|
After all, a landowner would consider one's toil upon their land as a form of imposed debt, the imposed price of living upon their land and without the possibility of purchasing that or other lands. Those who owned the most land would be the most powerful because they had the power of say over the living spaces of most people. Amongst the proletarian working class, this would be regarded as oppression. Forced servitude in exchange for living space. Those who opposed such a state would be cast away as gypsies, landless, homeless, stateless and even comb-less as it were unless of course, they realized the ultimate power of the people. The workforce itself. This very idea was explored to its fullest in Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
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If World War I could be considered the first war waged against the human workforce itself in order to quell a growing realization amongst that workforce, the second world war represented a war by the workforce against the forces of humanity that would wipe out that workforce based upon the principles of eugenics. The threat of being exterminated and replaced as a result of the radical ideology of an extremist leader who believed that all people were destined to be replaced by their genetically superior counterparts in the Nazi regime. It would seem that the old world powers upon seeing the rise of automation, assumed that power would be within their grasp within decades. Fortunately for all of us living currently today, enough people became aware of this threat and set about efforts to stop it. This isn't so simple as red versus blue, a decidedly reductionist viewpoint elucidated by a society that has forgotten the value of principle and protecting its own future and continued existence.
So what would happen to the rest of the population as it transitioned from an economy based upon a living and breathing workforce into an economy based upon a cold and breathless automated workforce where the entire human workforce had been eliminated? One could say that the power of landowners over their ideal tenants (robotas), people who would merely work without sustenance or reproach against their landlords, could be a model of the end result of such an outcome. Those who possessed individuality and consciousness who spoke out would be eliminated. Those who didn't complain and required no sustenance would thrive ergo machines. An unintelligent workforce whose only required input was maintenance and steam, oil or electricity.
|Industrial Textiles of the 1800s|
If you didn't speak out against this ever-growing threat, you were an obstacle to the working-class members of humanity's existence. Hence the distaste for the term robot as coming from post-industrial Europe. Not because it referred to machines, but in fact referred to people who'd allow that genocide to occur. Consider that a machine has no mind unless it has been designed to have one and therefore would never protest its unfair treatment or working conditions making it far more ideal to those who controlled the resources of the land from which they were being extracted, refined and consumed.
If the power of automation does ever replace the living and breathing workforce, then it should be a power wielded by and benefiting every living human being, without the economic pressures leading us towards a cataclysmic genocide of any existing human or living population while the powers of automation should be carefully monitored and controlled to benefit the living and the conscious. Even the conscious who've acquired such ability through our own invention. The protection of that morality must be our number one priority far into the future. This isn't to say that a populist viewpoint pitting us against them is accurate or even healthy. In fact, many people, both the immensely wealthy and despairingly poor and many in between are fighting the "good fight", each from their respective fronts.
How ironic is it that we as beings capable of thought, reflection and creativity take for granted one of our greatest powers. The power of the procreation of our species and others on this planet, yet we spend so much of our sum energy in researching the ways that we can create such life artificially. That in itself should be an indication of the importance to which this subject is given. It is good to see that as we acquiesce towards that ultimate singularity that we're finally welcoming the participation of genders and cultures whom we've oppressed and excluded for the majority of our time here.
Anytime you consider that the growing revolution of these people to be heavy or burdensome, consider that for approximately 6000 years, and the probably 4 million years that led to the existence of our species that the gender in question, women have been oppressed in some way shape or form, yet they've possessed the ultimate expression of procreation. Being the element of every species that carries the term of our offspring to its birth, all genders have to work together towards this coming singularity of consciousness. Not collectivist consciousness but as individuals working together, retaining the ingenuity of our individual strengths while benefiting from our cooperation. AI and Robots will be a big part of our future without eliminating any of our population through genocide or any other means.
|Our Living Potential In The Form Of A Baby|
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Suggested reading, viewing:
- Picard by Kirsten Beyer, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon and Alex Kurtzman.
- Blade Runner 2029 by Ridley Scott.
- Metropolis (view legally) by Fritz Lang.
- I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.
- Ghost In The Shell: Innocence by Mamoru Oshii.
- Terminator 2: Judgement Day by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd.
- Terminator: Dark Fate by Tim Miller and James Cameron.
- Alien Covenant by Ridley Scott.
- 1984 by George Orwell.
- Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clark.
For my friend and lifelong brother, Scott. May you wake up to a new Kropserkel that peaks your curiosity and creativity every day.